Lesson 3: Make the Problem the Solution

23 Apr

We understand that we cannot erase the existence of plastic from the face of the earth; it is too valuable a material. It is easy and cost effective to make, it lasts a long time and almost everything that we have come to depend on is made of it. However, this way of living is not sustainable. The resources mined to make plastic are not renewable, and with rapid population growth and increased consumer demand, we are sure to run out in no time. It is time to rethink how we use and produce plastic

Individuals are tackling this issue as we speak. Mike Biddle and his company have figured out a way to RECYCLE plastic.

Mike Biddle on Recycling Plastic

You too can be a hero, just follow these simple steps.

Bring those reusable totes wherever you go. In a survey,  when shoppers were asked why they weren’t using  reusable tote bags, the most common answer was because they forgot them at home. Make using your totes a habit. The more you use them, the easier it will be to remember them. If this helps, some grocery stores (Sprouts, Trader Joe’s, etc.) will give you a small credit for using the totes.

If you get a plastic bag, reuse it until it turns to dust. (Ok, maybe not to that extreme, but you get the picture) Use it for anything you can think of. And when the bag is tattered beyond recognition, make sure to dispose of it properly.

During the  Project STOPP events that we had this month, we inspired over 1,000 shoppers to make the pledge to use their totes instead of plastic bags. GTA members, we have what it takes to make a difference.

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